Volunteering with Mary’s Place
Last Tues evening, Aug 11th, six WPIG members arrived at the Mary’s Place Jackson Street shelter. Mary’s Place’s mission is empowering homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community. The Jackson Street Shelter opened earlier this year as Mary’s Place’s 6th shelter. It can house up to 50 family members each night.
After getting a tour of the facilities, and meeting some of the amazing staff, WPIG members made quick work of organizing some recent donations. Then post dinner for the families seemed like a great opportunity to get the kids out to play. WPIG members introduced the kids to the school-yard game of four square. Although some were shy at first, the kids soon opened up and it turned into an entertaining game with everyone laughing and having a good time in the warm Seattle evening. The adorable little ones “played” along trying to act like the big kids, new rules were made, the kids made new friends, and a lot of fun was had by all. Not sure who had a better time — WPIG members or the kids, but it looked like four square may be a new popular activity there to burn off energy before bedtime.
WPIG thanks Mary’s Place for the opportunity to get to spend the evening at the Jackson street shelter meeting the amazing kids and for all the great work & services that you continue to do for our community.